28 May '12, 9pm

40% of Americans Who Rely on Public Transit Live in Rural Areas

40% of Americans Who Rely on Public Transit Live in Rural Areas

So this is interesting. Apparently, 40% of Americans who rely on public transit live in rural areas and small towns. And those folks—which include large numbers of elderly, disabled, and low income riders—typically have very few options for getting around. And yes, it's also yet another opportune moment to flip the bird at suburbs and sprawl. That eye-opening figures come from a new report, Reconnecting America , that takes an in-depth look at how small towns are working to improve those transit systems, usually buses, to serve more people more efficiently. It details the case of Allendale, a poor county in Georgia that's making headway. Streetsblog reports : In 2003, Allendale County leaders came together to solve a vexing mobility problem: a finely dispersed population with a staggering 28 percent poverty rate. They discovered that the county was already running a number...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/public-transportation/40-americ...

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